You love the historic design of your home, but you would like some of the modern conveniences offered in newer homes. For example, it’d be nice to maximize the energy efficiency of your windows so you can save some money on your energy bills. Luckily, you can have some of these conveniences and maintain your home’s style. Consider these tips before renovating windows in a historic home.
- Work with an expert. From window and door specialists to plumbers, electricians and other woodworking contractors, professionals will keep your home in prime condition throughout the renovation process, and they’ll leave you with upgrades that look great and work great the first time.
- Prepare for delays in your schedule. If you’ve been a part of a large-scale construction project before, you know how easy it is to get behind. The same may be true for your historic home’s window renovation. Why? Because you (or the professionals working on the project) could run into an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take additional care to protect certain components integral to your traditional home. Be patient – it will be worth it in the end.
- Have a flexible budget. Renovating windows in a historic home is worth the investment. Renovations can involve keeping or restoring historic components and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely worked out an estimated cost, understand that unexpected costs could arise, and they might contribute to a more beautiful home and less need for additional work soon after the renovation is completed.
- Maintain as much original woodwork as possible. We know sometimes this isn't possible, but woodwork is a defining trait of historic homes, not to mention how fresh it looks with just a little sanding and buffing. Whether it’s window frames or decorative wooden elements around the windows, much of the wood first used inside the home may only need a little care – not a full replacement.
- Use products that complement the home’s original style. Depending on how well the home’s been taken care of, a full window replacement may be necessary during your renovation. Pella wood replacement windows can complement the style of your original wood windows, but the wood windows you buy today have additional protection against the elements. Plus, many of our windows with triple-pane glass are ENERGY STAR® certified.
With these tips and a consultation from your local experts in Des Moines, you should be well on your way to an elegantly renovated home. If replacement windows or replacement doors are a part of your renovation project, we would be happy to help. Contact our Pella Showroom in Des Moines for details.